Getting Here by Plane
The nearest airports are Cortez, Colorado; Durango, Colorado; and Farmington, New Mexico.
Getting Here by Bus
The closest bus terminal is located in Durango, Colorado. Car rental is needed to get from the bus terminal to the park. The entrance to Mesa Verde is 35 miles from Durango.
Getting Here by Car
Mesa Verde National Park is in Southwestern Colorado. The Mesa Verde Headquarters is a one-hour drive from Cortez, Colorado, heading east on Highway 160 to the park turnoff, and a 1.5 hour drive from Durango, Colorado, heading west on Highway 160 to the park turnoff.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles
- Do you plan to travel to the park in an alternative fuel vehicle? If so, good for you! Your actions help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce petroleum use. Plan your trip with the Alternative Fueling Station Locator
from the Department of Energy (search using zip code 81330).
Getting Around in the Park
A vehicle is needed to explore Mesa Verde National Park.
The first view of a cliff dwelling is 21 miles (approximately 45 minutes) past the entrance station along a steep, narrow, winding road.